God Bats Last

I love this expression coined by the writer, Anne Lamott.

I’ve just finished rereading her book, Help Thanks Wow, I keep by my bed to remind me to stay lit from within.

You don’t have to be religious nor devout in any way to have faith in what, at present, looks like a shaky future.

Even looked at scientifically meaning, leaving all the apostolic bells and whistles behind, the world, with our help, tends to heal itself.

The smallpox vaccine was the first vaccine in 1796 to be developed for a contagious disease. Imagine that. But here’s where we can find comfort. If this was possible 224 years ago, how could we not think a vaccine for our present epidemic isn’t about to burst from the wings?

Here’s my tip.

Stop believing every little sound bite, media blurb, Dems versus Reps slur you read and hear, and pray instead.

And if that feels a little too new agey, read up on the history of previous life threatening outbreaks we no longer have to worry about: Cholera, Diphtheria, Influenza, Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid…14 in all.


There will be a vaccine.    


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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28 Responses to God Bats Last

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I also have no doubt a vaccine will be found. And no one in their right mind can possibly think the spread of this virus was a political plot.
    As for the rantings and tirades from both sides of the political fence, I now scroll right past them. I have cousins from each party posting anger and hate filled ridiculousness multiple times a day. It’s all or nothing, no middle ground, no shades of gray.
    Where is Abe when we need him?

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  2. Sorryless says:

    This was much needed reading, SB. And thank you for that, because I was feeling several quarts low all week. It should be called The Nightly Noise for all the forgettable it serves up to us, with nary a whisper of good tidings. And while I don’t need my news cycle to hit me with the idea that the world is headed for one big cupcake party with sun forecast for the rest of time, I do think it would be nice to have something to hold onto. Something that lets us know this too shall pass.

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  3. I have the same faith, Susannah. I also like your tip a lot. “Stop believing every little sound bite, media blurb, Dems versus Reps slur you read and hear, and pray instead.” I think our energy needs to be placed in building optimism within ourselves rather than tearing every notion of goodness apart. Stay well. 😊

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  4. Dale says:

    That sounds like good, proper reading for right now, Susannah. Thanks for that one. And yes. We must step away from the news. I’m not saying to not get an update from reliable sources so that we don’t live in a bubble and inadvertently harm our own selves but we must stay away from the noise that has become rather deafening.

    There is definitely a vaccine in the future. Hell, the world is working on it – together. It’s just a question of when, not if.


  5. Great way to look positively on this. I’ve been thinking of everyone during the Spanish Flue pandemic and how they did not know what to do to prevent the spread and certainly could not have worked from home, in any case. We are very lucky for the progress that we have, even if it’s not perfect.

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    • When I read up on vaccines, I felt a lot better, forgetting things like Polio and Tetanus. John Roebling father of Washington, who began the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, died of lock jaw. If he had had a tetanus shot, he would have seen the completion of his noble bridge.


  6. Wise words. I liked the Faith acronym.

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  7. Vasca says:

    I do not watch the news; it poisons the system and one ends up sick…from head to toe. This morning I spent an entire hour Zooming with a large group of new acquaintances and family! Talk about lifting spirits…awesome. No negative thought, positive was in the lead and won. God has always been in charge; I have a strong faith and with a strong faith we will make this because He has us. This quote says much; “Jesus is the inspiration for anyone to go the distance.”
    Rocky himself said that…Sylvester Stallone. God absolutely bats last and I’m going the distance with Him. Faith will carry us all the way.


  8. robprice59 says:

    Nature always finds a way. This time will be no different. Hope I’m here to see it.

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  9. I just picked this book up yesterday, for the umpteenth time during Meeting, which is now on Zoom. Anne NEVER disappoints, and always hits the mark with whatever I have going on at the time. (with a laugh) The page I opened to was Anne explaining different types of prayers. “Could you let her die in her own bed, in the night, with Baby beside her? “And then take fat Baby out with a stroke? These are the prayers I can wrap my head around. Oddly enough, while I was turning the page, the packing slip fell on the floor. Dear Top, I just love this. One of her best. Love, Susannah. Couldn’t make it up! *Disclaimer: Baby is a mean cat.


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